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Take Charge: Autonomy in Older Age
How do we ensure we get the health care we want, and deserve, in later life? What are the obstacles to providing individualised medical care for older Australians? How can medical practitioners and families navigate the fraught ethical questions around diminished capacity? How can elderly people take charge, and remain in control, of the crucial decisions that shape their days towards the end of their lives?
For this conversation, we bring together local and international experts from across the fields of medicine, social work and palliative care for a clear-eyed discussion of advanced planning and autonomy in later life.
Oncologist Ranjana Srivastava, geriatrician and oncologist Supriya Mohile, social worker and writer Melanie Joosten and palliative care activist Molly Carlile AM discuss senior activism, cultural differences and patient-centred medical approaches.
Dr Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist, Fulbright scholar and award-winning author. She is a Walkley Award finalist for her columns on medicine and humanity in the Guardian.
Her honours include the Human Rights Literature Prize and a medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution the field of doctor-patient communication. Her latest book is called A Better Death: Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well.
Supriya Gupta Mohile is a board-certified geriatrician and oncologist. She completed internship, residency and fellowships in hematology/oncology and geriatrics at University of Chicago Medical Center, where she also earned a Master's degree in health outcomes research.
Melanie Joosten is a social worker and researcher, and the author of A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age. She works as a policy officer at the elder abuse service Seniors Rights Victoria. She is the author of the novels Gravity Well and Berlin Syndrome, and has been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist.
Molly Carlile AM has worked in the palliative care sector as a specialist clinician, leader and senior manager for over thirty years. She has received multiple national and international awards, is a published author, international speaker and advocate for improving community death literacy in order to build compassionate and supportive communities for people living with a terminal illness or grieving the loss of someone they love. Her latest book The Death Talker has been used widely as a source of information and inspiration. Molly is Chief Executive Officer of Palliative Care South East Ltd. and sits on a number of DHHS advisory and policy committees.